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Marlow Bridge and All Saints Church


 A chat with Della 

 Higginson Drum 

 1830 Map 

 Commemorating VE Day 

 Lace Making 

 Trinity Church Bell 

 All Saints models 

 Marlow Donkey 

 Grig Weel 

 WW1 Helmet 

 Wind in the Willows 


 French Post Box 

 Oldest Object 

 River Finds 1 

 River Finds 2 


 Wethered Brewery 

 Model Kitchen 1796 

 Books and Pictures 

 Cottage Hospital 

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1830 Map of Marlow


The 1830 Map of Marlow Town

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This popular exhibit is one of the oldest large-scale maps of Marlow. It was drawn by a master at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, one William Francis. Unfortunately he was considered to be a trouble maker and often wrote in the press attacking Benjamin Disraeli MP. Finally he was convicted of libel in 1834 and was sentenced to three months at Aylesbury jail. Not surprisingly he lost his job.


Most local visitors look to see if their house is mentioned but they forget the map is nearly 200 years old and the town was then much smaller. However, it is worth noting the extent of the ‘parish’ denoted by a faded brown line, which excludes the church. Also note the present wooden bridge from St Peter Street to the opposite bank at the Compleat Angler with the position of the ‘proposed new bridge’ on the site of the current structure. The older version of All Saints Church is drawn in position on the north bank. The church will be the subject of a future ‘Object in Focus’. The numbers all across the map run in sequence and do not relate to property or house numbers but probably to a separate ‘key’ which we do not have. See what unusual features you can find. -


The map itself was presented to the Town Council by Kenneth Balfour, Quoitings, Oxford Road, Marlow (perhaps another OIF subject sometime). He also donated to the town the ‘May Balfour Garden’ in Institute Road, opposite the Library, in memory of his mother. A lovely relatively quiet area to sit and contemplate the magnificent sundial (another future OIF no doubt). The map is currently on loan to the Marlow Museum.


Mike Hyde

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